*For updated maternal mortality trends from 2013, please visit Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013 .
Trends in Maternal Mortality:
1990 to 2010
New maternal mortality estimates confirm that the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth is declining. Along with other indicators, this joint U.N. report validates the fact that we are making progress in saving mothers’ lives, even if progress is slower than what is called for by the Millennium Development Goals.
Rapid progress in some countries demonstrates that when governments take a strategic approach to the safe motherhood challenge -- by deploying trained midwives, ensuring adequate essential supplies, making family planning accessible and providing timely obstetric care to women with complications, we are getting results. Still, there is more work to be done in delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted and every childbirth is safe.
UNFPA Executive Director Remarks on Maternal Mortality Estimates
Training Midwives in South Sudan
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- Saving Lives in Rural Ethiopia by Task-Shifting
- Breaking Down Cultural Barriers to Pregnancy Care in Viet Nam
- Nothing is Simple in Mogadishu
- India Steps up the Maternal Mortality Challenge